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Thieves steal woman's motorized wheelchair

KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

There's a small Kapolei neighborhood that's quiet and where the residents know one another. Thieves just made it harder for one woman to get around that neighborhood.

The woman is Marlene Segura. The 65 year-old woman has survived cancer and has undergone seven surgeries on her legs after she was struck by a motor vehicle more than five years ago. The accident left it hard for her to walk, so she depended on a motorized wheelchair to get around.

"Oh, I had it parked right up here," she said, pointing to a small porch at her front door.

The wheelchair is normally parked in her enclosed garage, but there was something wrong with it.

"I was needing my son-in-law to check it for me, so I brought it to the porch and plugged it in there, hoping it would do something. And well, I don't know if it did or not because it's gone."

That was sometime between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. last Friday, when Marlene wasn't home. The wheelchair was the only thing taken.

It may not seem like a lot, but it as valuable for Segura to get around her neighborhood, including a small park a few blocks away.

"I was able to go to the park with the baby," she said. "I was able to ride around the neighborhood. I was able to get my grandchildren from school and all come home together. It got me out of the house because I can't walk far."

The area has had a few car break-ins, but only a small number of burglaries. 

Segura said the wheelchair was second-hand and was offered to her by a close family friend. Replacing it will cost more than $5,000.

"It's gonna cost. My insurance won't cover it that I'm aware of. I'm on Social Security disability. And I don't see one coming my way. I really don't."

She'll do without the wheelchair for now. However, it means she'll be spending less time out of the house.

"I really would like to have my chair back," she said. "And I hate to think that someone took it for profit than to have taken it for a family member who needed it in the home."

Anyone with information is asked to call Honolulu Police.

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